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Definition 1: measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule used by a carpenter

(... is a kind of rule ) a ruler one foot long

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule one meter long (usually marked off in centimeters and millimeters)

(... is a kind of rule ) a ruler or tape that is three feet long

Definition 2: a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast
  • short haircuts were the regulation

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of rule ) a principle that limits the extent of something

"I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule that when literal compliance is impossible the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as nearly as possible

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule that is adequate to permit work to be done

Definition 3: something regarded as a normative example - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the convention of not naming the main character
  • violence is the rule not the exception
  • his formula for impressing visitors

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) knowledge of how something is usually done

"it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"

(... is a kind of rule ) (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group

(... is a kind of rule ) a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group

(... is a kind of rule ) a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

"some form of religion seems to be a human universal"

Definition 4: a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the principle of the conservation of mass
  • the principle of jet propulsion
  • the right-hand rule for inductive fields

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

"the laws of thermodynamics"

(... is a kind of rule ) (neurology) the principle that the cortex of the brain operates as a coordinated system with large masses of neural tissue involved in all complex functioning

(... is a kind of rule ) (geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest

(... is a kind of rule ) the displacement of any point due to the superposition of wave systems is equal to the sum of the displacements of the individual waves at that point

"the principle of superposition is the basis of the wave theory of light"

(... is a kind of rule ) (hydrostatics) the volume of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the volume of the displaced fluid

(... is a kind of rule ) (physics) the principle that an observer has no way of distinguishing whether his laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or is in an accelerated frame of reference

(... is a kind of rule ) the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred

(... is a kind of rule ) rule for calculating an expected delivery date; subtract three months from the first day of the last menstrual period and add seven days to that date

(... is a kind of rule ) (physics) the principle that a measured quantity of mass is equivalent (according to relativity theory) to a measured quantity of energy

(... is a kind of rule ) (economics) the principle that when two kinds of money having the same denominational value are in circulation the intrinsically more valuable money will be hoarded and the money of lower intrinsic value will circulate more freely until the intrinsically more valuable money is driven out of circulation; bad money drives out good; credited to Sir Thomas Gresham

(... is a kind of rule ) the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change

(... is a kind of rule ) a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization

(... is a kind of rule ) (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body

Definition 5: a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their principles of composition characterized all their works

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) an idea or conclusion having general application

"he spoke in broad generalities"

(... is a kind of rule ) a fundamental principle or practice

"science eroded the pillars of superstition"

(... is a kind of rule ) the bright positive masculine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology

"yin and yang together produce everything that comes into existence"

(... is a kind of rule ) the dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology

"the interaction of yin and yang maintains the harmony of the universe"

(... is a kind of rule ) rules in Chinese philosophy that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy (qi); the favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into consideration in designing and siting buildings and graves and furniture

Definition 6: (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs
  • he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

"the procedure of obtaining a driver's license" "it was a process of trial and error"

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule that describes how other rules should be used (as in AI)

(... is a kind of rule ) a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem

(... is a kind of rule ) a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem

(... is a kind of rule ) (mathematics) an expression such that each term is generated by repeating a particular mathematical operation

(rule belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 7: prescribed guide for conduct or action - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) a message describing how something is to be done

"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule adopted by an organization in order to regulate its own affairs and the behavior of its members

(... is a kind of rule ) (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data

(... is a kind of rule ) rules governing socially acceptable behavior

(... is a kind of rule ) a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field of art or philosophy

"the neoclassical canon" "canons of polite society"

(... is a kind of rule ) an authoritative rule

(... is a kind of rule ) an authoritative rule

(... is a kind of rule ) (computer science) a rule stating that the quality of the output is a function of the quality of the input; put garbage in and you get garbage out

(... is a kind of rule ) any important rule

"the golden rule of teaching is to be clear"

(... is a kind of rule ) rule of personal conduct

(... is a kind of rule ) the rule that police (when interrogating you after an arrest) are obliged to warn you that anything you say may be used as evidence and to read you your constitutional rights (the right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent until advised by a lawyer)

(... is a kind of rule ) (law) a rule of law whereby any alleged matter of fact that is submitted for investigation at a judicial trial is established or disproved

(... is a kind of rule ) a body of rules followed by an assembly

(... is a kind of rule ) an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure

(... is part of rule) a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made

"they run things by the book around here"

Definition 8: (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of rule ) (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

(... is a kind of rule ) a linguistic rule for the syntax of grammatical utterances

(... is a kind of rule ) a linguistic rule for the formation of words

(rule belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 9: directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he knew the rules of chess

(rule is a kind of ...) a message describing how something is to be done

"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

(... is a kind of rule ) (baseball) a special rule (as in baseball) dealing with situations that arise due to the nature of the playing grounds

(... is part of rule) a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made

"they run things by the book around here"

Definition 10: any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rule of St. Dominic

(rule is a kind of ...) a message describing how something is to be done

"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

Definition 11: dominance or power through legal authority - [noun denoting state]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa
  • the rule of Caesar

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

"her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

(... is a kind of rule ) the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority

(... is a kind of rule ) British dominion over India (1757-1947)

(... is a kind of rule ) royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

(... is a kind of rule ) the position or authority of a suzerain

"under the suzerainty of..."

Definition 12: the duration of a monarch's or government's power - [noun denoting time]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • during the rule of Elizabeth

(rule is a kind of ...) the period of time during which something continues

(... is a kind of rule ) the period of time during which a regent governs

(... is an instance of rule) the period from 1811-1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent during George III's periods of insanity

Definition 13: keep in check - [verb of change]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rule one's temper

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

Definition 14: decide with authority - [verb of cognition]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) reach, make, or come to a decision about something

"We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

(... is a kind of rule ) rule against

"The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"

(... is a kind of rule ) include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules

Definition 15: decide on and make a declaration about - [verb of communication]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • find someone guilty

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) pronounce judgment on

"They labeled him unfit to work here"

(rule has a similar meaning as ...) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

"I feel that he doesn't like me" "I find him to be obnoxious" "I found the movie rather entertaining"

Definition 16: mark or draw with a ruler - [verb of creation]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rule the margins

(rule is a kind of ...) represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

"She drew an elephant" "Draw me a horse"

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Who is governing the country now?

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(rule is a kind of ...) exercise authoritative control or power over

"control the budget" "Command the military forces"

(... is a kind of rule ) sit on the throne as a ruler

(... is a kind of rule ) govern badly

(... is a kind of rule ) rule as a dictator

(... is a kind of rule ) have sovereign power

"Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

Definition 18: be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance - [verb of stative]

Samples where rule or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Money reigns supreme here
  • Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood

Synonyms for rule in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of rule ) prevail over

"health considerations override financial concerns"

(... is a kind of rule ) be central or dominant

"This scene overarches the entire first act"

(... is a kind of rule ) weigh more heavily

"these considerations outweigh our wishes"

Definition 19: have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac - [verb of stative]

(rule is a kind of ...) be present or associated with an event or entity

"French fries come with the hamburger" "heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue" "fish usually goes with white wine" "this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries"

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